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Meetings set locally for public collaboration on forest plan revision

Upcoming meetings are set in Grangeville and Orofino for public collaboration on forest plan revisions for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (NPCNF). This is a continuation of meetings held during the last year to hear from the public on how they would like to see the national forest managed.

Saturday meetings are as follows:

• Nov. 16, Orofino Forest Service office; topics include air quality, fire and fuel management, recreation opportunity spectrum integration and updates, update on Nez Perce Tribal components, all resource integration, and the distinct roles and contributions of the NPCNF.

• Dec. 14, Grangeville Forest Service office; topics include wildlife resources fine filter and what’s next in the NEPA process.

The NPCNF were selected to be an early adopter of the Forest Service’s 2012 Planning Rule, which emphasizes collaboration to develop the plan.

A draft forest plan is expected in early March for interested parties to provide formal input through the NEPA process.  Public meetings will be held at this time to share key items from the plan, answer questions and to learn how to provide comments.

For information: Carol Hennessey, 935-4270; or e-mail

cahennessey@fs.fed.us; online: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/landmanagement/planning/.

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